Thira to Heraklion Ferry

The Thira Heraklion ferry route connects Cyclades Islands with Crete and is currently operated by 4 ferry companies. Minoan Lines operate their crossing up to 7 times per week, Anek Lines 1 times per week, SeaJets 12 times per week & the Golden Star Ferries service is available up to 7 times per week.

There are a combined 27 sailings available per week on the Thira Heraklion crossing between Cyclades Islands and Crete and with 4 ferry companies on offer it is advisable to compare all to make sure you get the best fare at the time that you want to travel.

Thira - Heraklion Ferry Operators

  • Minoan Lines
    • 7 Sailings Weekly 1 hr 45 min
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  • Anek Lines
  • SeaJets
    • 12 Sailings Weekly 1 hr 50 min
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  • Golden Star Ferries
    • 7 Sailings Weekly 3 hr 15 min
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Thira Heraklion Average Prices

Prices shown represent the average one way price paid by our customers. The most common booking on the Thira Heraklion route is a car and 2 passengers.

Thira Heraklion Ferry reviews

  • "Thira to Crete"

    I did my booking in advance through Directferries. The service was excellent. The trip itself was good value for money.

    'Henriette' travelled Thira (Santorini) Heraklion with Anek Lines on Prevelis

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  • "A bit chaotic but overall good journey"

    We sailed with Hellenic Seaways from Santorini to Crete in September. The boarding process was a little chaotic and the seating numbers are a bit confusing and hard to find. We set off a little early but arrived around half an hour late. Overall it was a pleasant journey.

    'Catherine' travelled Thira (Santorini) Heraklion with Hellenic Seaways

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  • "Boat ride"

    Very good boat, comfortable, silent and fast.

    'Anonymous' travelled Thira (Santorini) Heraklion with Hellenic Seaways on Highspeed

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  • "Ferry across the greek islands"

    It was fine. The only problem and negative aspect is that you can't choose the number of your seat. The seats are assigned by them automatically and you can get separated seats. In spite of booking in advance there is no way to have acces to the allocation of seats.

    'Anonymous' travelled Thira (Santorini) Heraklion with Hellenic Seaways on Highspeed

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Heraklion Guide

Located on the Greek island of Crete, Heraklion is the island's largest city and is one of the main urban centres in Greece. The city can trace its history back to at least the 9th century AD when its development began and then later came under the influence of the Arabs, the Venetians and the Ottomans. Popular sites in the city with tourists include the fortification walls that are essentially the boundary of the old city. These were first built by the Arabs and then reinforced by the Venetians. From the seven bastions, only the Martinengo bastion survives to this day and is where visitors will find the tomb of the renowned writer N. Kazantzakis, overlooking the city. The city was also a venue during the 2004 Olympic Games, and hosted games of the football tournament.

Located in the city's old port, visitors can still see the vaulted tarsanades where ships used to be built and also the 16th century Koule Fortress. From the port, ferries depart to destinations including Santorini, Ios, Paros, Mykonos and Rhodes. There are also ferry services to the Greek mainland port of Piraeus.